Brian Gillis at the Magic Castle


In 1974, Brian Gillis was working in Knoxville, TN at a place called Barney Googles. He could knock people off their barstools with his magic. He was the best Close Up performer I had ever seen. At that time I did mostly street magic with larger props. I taught Brian my Mongolian Pop-Knot routine and the Comedy Four Ring Routine.

He taught me to steal a watch (Carlyle) and took me to Buffalo and introduced me to Eddie Fechter. I learned most of his close up act, and when I first moved to California in 1975, he began doing my stage routines in a medicine show at Silver Dollar City, while I was making a living in Los Angeles mostly off his close up magic.

Brian was one of the nicest people and best magicians I ever knew. He passed away earlier this year. A huge loss to magic.

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About Pop Haydn

I am not originally from the 21st Century myself, but have been stuck here by accident--not entirely my fault--with a bunch of other maroons from another very different time and place... Nevertheless, my companions and I love it here and just like everyone else we are just trying to get by in this exciting and progressive era. With a variety show of steampunk-oriented magic, comedy and music, Pop's company entertains and sells a few bottles of Amazing Miracle Oil, Wonder Elixer, or Magnetized Water.

Posted on November 16, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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